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The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art and Dance Unveils Lineup

The inclusive four-day arts and culture extravaganza known as The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art and Dance will return to the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park (4020 Virginia Beach Drive Key Biscayne, FL 33149) Thursday, February 19, 2015 through Sunday, February 22, 2015.

A week of camping, dance, cooking and movement workshops will precede the festival during GrassRoots Culture Camp, starting Sunday February 15th.

This year’s lineup will feature Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento, Keith Frank, AJ Ghent Band, Big Mean Sound Machine, Donna the Buffalo, Swear and Shake, Telekenetic Walrus, Danay Suárez, Morikeba Kouyate, Locos Por Juana, MC Yogi, Jim Lauderdale, the Spam Allstars, Afrobeta and 40+ other acts.

Marco Benevento at Catskill Chill
Marco Benevento at Catskill Chill

The original Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival (Now Virginia Key Grassroots Festival) began in 1990 as a benefit concert to support a local AIDS organization in Ithaca, NY. Encouraged by the success of that night, a decision was made to create an annual festival dedicated to raising money for the fight against AIDS, while supporting arts and education. With the help of countless volunteers, the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival has become an internationally-recognized event with a focus on traditional and contemporary roots music and dance from all over the world. For four days every July, the festival hosts more than 60 performing groups on four stages at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in central New York, near the university town of Ithaca.

Twelve years later, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival was launched on a 75-acre farm in rural North Carolina near the triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Twice a year, in April and October, thousands of people attend the event to revel in great music, sweat it out on the dance floor, celebrate the arts, and build community. The site has since become the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization created to strengthen the community through music, arts and education.

The festival is down south for the winter once again, having found an amazing site, the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, just off the coast of Miami, FL. It’s the ideal spot for the fourth annual season Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival.

Full Lineup:

AJ Ghent Band
Big Mean Sound Machine
Bobbie Henrie
Brendan O’Hara
Chantil Dukart
Danay Suarez
Dark Water Rising
DJ Bill Kelly
DJ Richard McVay
Donna the Buffalo
Elastic Bond
Electric Piquete
Fabi World Experience
Jim Lauderdale
Keith Frank & the Solieau Zydeco Band
Keith Secola & His Wild Band of Indians
Lobo Marino
Locos Por Juana
Marco Benevento
MC Yogi
Morikeba Kouyate
Nag Champyons
Nativos Orchestra
Nikki Talley
Osceola Brothers
Preston Frank
Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton
School of Rock
Sindy Rush
Spam Allstars
Swear & Shake
Telekinetic Walrus
The Apple Butter Express
The Baboons
The Blind Spots
Uma Galera
Uproot Hootenanny
WildCat Creek
Zey Ta Blan
Zona De Bomba

This year, the non-profit Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival was awarded a $75,000 matching grant through The Knight Arts Challenge, in recognition of the dynamic support they provide to the arts community of South Florida, as well as the world class music they bring to the citizens and visitors that attend the festival. The Knight Arts Challenge Grant validates the work of the festival, which strives to grow community using the magnets of music, art and dance.campground

New for 2015, the GrassRoots Culture Camp will predate the festival itself, running Sunday, February 15th through Wednesday, February 18th, featuring yoga, instrument and cooking workshops, and more, ending each night with a daily family-style dinner and dance. Think beachside camping coupled with innovative workshops led by some of the GrassRoots Family’s greatest talent(How awesome does that sound?).

The festival will also feature the Zen Village Healing Arts area, the Kids Village, the Sustainability Fair and Expo, band and instrument contests, the Beer Garden & Vinyl Lounge, the GrassRoots World Café, live art, craft vendors, daily yoga session, beach camping and more.

Tickets are available online at VirginiaKeyGrassRoots.org/general-info/tickets.

For more information, visit VirginiaKeyGrassRoots.org or call 786.409.5261.